The Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko is one of the most exciting young baritones today, having worked extensively with Valery Gergiev, Ivor Bolton, Yannik Nézet-Seguin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Enrique Mazzola, Kirill Karabits, Andrew Litton, Teodor Currentzis, Michael Sturminger, and Mikhail Tatarnikov.
In 2014-2015 and beyond, his engagements include: Il Conte Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Real Madrid, Robert Iolanta with the Gürzenich Orchestra, Marcello La bohème at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and the Opernhaus Zürich, EugeneOnegin and Robert Iolanta for the Dallas Opera, Rachmaninov’s Spring Cantata with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Belcore L’Elisir d’Amore for Israeli Opera,Eugene Onegin in Sao Paolo, as well as Billy Budd at the Cologne Opera as well. He will also record the title role in Don Giovanni for Sony Classics.
Recent highlights include Eugene Onegin Oper Köln, Staatstheater Stuttgart and Glyndebourne Festival, Andrei in War and Peace in new production for the Mariinsky Theater, his solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall accompanied by Gary Matthewman, and his participation in Rolando Villazon’s TV show “Stars von Morgen” broadcasted on ARTE TV, both in France and Germany.
Andrei has recorded Nozze di Figaro (Conte) for Sony Classics, Rachmaninov songs with Iain Burnside at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh for Delphian Records as well as the highly acclaimed Lieutenant Kijé Suite on the BIS label.
Despite his youth he has already appeared at Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Sydney Opera House, Perm State Opera and Bolshoi Theatre Minsk as well as Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen. He also gave his role debut as Billy in Billy Budd in the first ever production in Russia (Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg).
He sang in the theatre/opera project by “The Giacomo Variations” alongside John Malkovich and has toured extesively with Larissa Gergieva. Andrei took part in the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project, following which he returned to the Festival for Gounod Roméo et Juliette with Yannik Nézet-Seguin and Le rossignolwith Ivor Bolton.
Andrei has won the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition Song Prize, was awarded a diploma at the Ukrainian competition "New Ukrainian Voices" and won first prize at the international vocal competition "Art in the 21st Century" in Vorzel (Ukraine). He was a prize-winner at the 2006 International Rimsky-Korsakov vocal competition in St. Petersburg, the 2008 all-Russian Nadezhda Obuhova Young Vocalists´ Festival and Competition and the 7th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition in 2010.